liturgical music

One of my life's most enduring passions is to foster the sung prayer of communities gathered in faith. Whether composing, arranging, or serving in leadership, I've been blessed and humbled by being a witness to the uplifting of hearts and voices in prayer.

 

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Augsburg Music

GIA Publications

JW Pepper

OCP (Oregon Catholic Press)

Sheet Music Plus

Simply Liturgical Music

WLP (World Library Publications)

Blessed Are You, Lord for congregation, mixed voices (SAB/SATB), descant, guitar, flute, keyboard

Written specifically for the offertory, expanding upon the berakhot blessing to include not just bread and wine, but us and all we are, as our part of the Great Exchange.

Accepted for publication. Availability TBD.

God of Glory for congregation, cantor, alto/baritone harmony, descant, piano, guitar

An energetic setting of Psalm 24 meant to bring life and joy into celebrations of All Saints Day and community in general.  Can also be used as a dynamic gathering song.

Accepted for publication. Availability TBD.

In Your Dwelling Place for congregation, mixed voices (SATB), descant, guitar, keyboard

This gentle piece was composed from suggested scriptures in the funeral rite, and serves as an accessible prayer of consolation and hope in times of sorrow.

Accepted for publication. Availability TBD.

It Is Good for congregation, mixed voices (SATB), guitar, opt. brass quartet, keyboard

A singable and versatile hymn setting of Psalm 92, "It Is Good" celebrates the goodness and justice of God in warm and uplifting style.

It Would Have Been Enough for congregation, mixed voices (SAB/SATB), descant, guitar, flute, keyboard

Inspired by a homily by Roc O'Connor, SJ, this piece celebrates the boundless works of grace and salvation our God has done for us through the ages.

Available October 2017

Light in the Darkness for congregation, mixed voices (SAB), descant, guitar, flute, keyboard

Written for the early Sundays of Ordinary Time in Year A, this is a bold “yes” to our call in Matthew (5:13–20) to be light for the world, and that of Isaiah (58:1–12) to choose the offering of mercy, justice, and care for one another.

Accepted for publication. Availability TBD.

My Soul Is Thirsting for You for congregation, cantor, mixed voices (SAB), piano

An "honest" setting of Psalm 63, evoking a deep and hope-filled longing for the presence of God.

Accepted for publication. Availability TBD.

Open My Heart for congregation, cantor, mixed voices (two-voice harmony, SATB voices), piano, cello or C instrument, bass drum

I composed this piece for a 2007 conference of Jesuit educators and campus ministers. The heart’s call to service was the theme for that year, and “Open My Heart” sought to evoke that call by beating a drum throughout the work. This is a very open-ended piece, which can be sung with accompaniment of everything from piano to sitar to organ to native American percussion.

Accepted for publication. Availability TBD.

O Christ Our Life for congregation, mixed voices (2-part, SATB), guitar, keyboard, opt. string quartet

An easy and meditative processional for communion composed on the "Bread of Life" texts in John 6. "O Christ Our Life" features two sets of verses, focusing on Christ's living example of feeding others and of Christ as living bread.

Spirit of Our God for congregation, mixed voices (SATB), guitar, flute, keyboard

A metric adaptation of the beloved plainchant Veni, creator Spiritus serves as the foundation for a meditative invocation of the Holy Spirit to illuminate us with the love, wisdom, and grace of the Holy Trinity.

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